Research and Sponsored Programs Update
The start of a new semester has us buzzing about the 41st Central California Research Symposium , which will be held for the second consecutive year at the Madden Library on Weds., April 15. The Call for Abstracts is now available online; all abstracts must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 21 .

After outgrowing our former home at the University Business Center , the Symposium drew more than 300 presenters for last year’s successful debut at the Madden Library. The exciting full-day event attracts faculty and students from throughout the state – including those from UCLA , UCSF Fresno , San Jose State University , UC Merced , Alliant International University , local community colleges and Fresno State .

The Symposium serves as an excellent opportunity for first-time presenters to gain experience in a supportive, low-pressure environment. We encourage faculty, residents, graduate and undergraduate students from all fields of research to submit their abstract and come exchange ideas (via oral or poster presentations) among fellow investigators and the general public.

On a related note, Fresno State students are also invited to participate in the 34th annual CSU Student Research Competition on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at CSU East Bay . This outstanding system-wide competition showcases the innovative research of undergraduate and graduate students and promotes excellence in scholarly research and creative activities. Associated Students, Inc. assists with the students’ expenses. Fresno State will send 10 delegates to represent the campus; apply online by Friday, Feb. 14th.

Please encourage your students to participate in this year’s events; we look forward to supporting them in their endeavors.

Fresno State's Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) received an $800,000 grant from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate a multilingual call center to check the eligibility of consumers for discounts and help potential consumers navigate the California LifeLine Program .

Sam Lankford , Brandon Taylor and Jill Lankford ( Recreation Administration ) received a $23,067 grant from the City of Kerman to develop a Master Plan for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation

Marcus Shaw ( Criminology ) received a three-year, $33,000 grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (via Kings County ) to participate in the Bridge to Opportunity-Kings Project, which addresses areas such as gang initiatives and juvenile delinquency.
CSU COAST is accepting applications for the State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP) , which will fund $2.6M in research to support the state of California’s highest priority ocean, coastal, and coastal watershed related science needs, with the goal of reducing the impact of microplastics/microfibers on marine and coastal ecosystems. Webinar: Feb. 5; Deadline: March 25.

National Institutes of Health: Typical and Atypical Patterns of Language & Literacy in Dual Language Learners (R21) . Applicants are encouraged to identify and clarify specific cognitive, linguistic, neurobiological, and sociocultural factors associated with normal and impaired language and literacy acquisition in young DLL populations. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2020.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Working Longer . This program examines one of today’s most pressing social issues: older workers who need or want to work beyond conventional retirement ages. Letter of Inquiry: Accepted Anytime.

Cal Humanities’ Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) are awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. Deadline: Feb. 17 .

Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion: The Wabash Center provides funds for projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religious and theological studies as taught in colleges, universities, and theological schools. Deadline: Feb. 17, 2020.

USDA: Women and Minorities in STEM Fields . Funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Deadline: Feb. 24, 2020.

The NEH Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions program seeks to strengthen the humanities at HSIs by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. Deadline: April 8, 2020.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “drones” are being utilized within educational institutions for research and teaching activities now more than ever.

Fresno State recognizes the rapid increase in the use of drones, and is fully committed to promoting a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff members.

As drones find use in numerous applications, regulations have been developed in order to assure safe operation and integrate drones into the national airspace.

Grant Proposal Workshops: Register now for our spring series of grant workshops , which continues through Jan. 30 and includes one of our most popular offerings, Advanced Grant and Contract Budgeting. Other workshops cover topics on compliance and the NSF CAREER program. All sessions are held in Thomas Administration, Room 117.

Grant Proposal Certificate Program: All tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to participate in the Grant Proposal Certificate Program . Now in its third year, the program is designed to encourage grant activity and includes attendance at various proposal workshops and individual meetings with RSP grant managers. Certificate recipients receive a Kennel Bookstore gift card during the year-end award ceremony.
Sociology professors find Fresno County evictions tell a complex story of economic burden — and profit. Amber Crowell and Janine Nkosi have been conducting research on evictions in the Central Valley along with service-learning students and leaders from community organizations Faith in the Valley , Central California Legal Services and the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability .

Christopher Meyer (Dean, CSM ), Joy Goto (Chair, Dept. of Chemistry ) and Sarah Lam (AVP, International Affairs ) visited the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan last month as part of Fresno State’s efforts to expand research opportunities for graduate students.

Criminology professor Keith Clement was the subject of an article in the Cyber-Guild newsletter about his efforts to expand cybersecurity education, including his work with the California Cybersecurity Career Education Pipeline and Pathway Project, an initiative to prepare 50,000 qualified cybersecurity professionals for the State before December 2030.
The California State University Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) is a comprehensive applied agricultural and environmental research program joining the CSUs four colleges of agriculture and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities. Several workshops were held in advance of the 2020-21 ARI Call for Proposals , but if you were unable to attend and are intending to submit a proposal, a video is now available featuring an overview of the process.

Campus deadlines:
  • Campus proposal – Feb. 4, 2020 – Soft deadline to allow for review/revision
  • Seed proposal – Feb. 4, 2020 – Soft deadline to allow for review/revision
  • System full proposal (invitation only) – campus deadline – Feb. 20, 2020
  • Fresno State firm deadline (all proposals) – Feb. 20, 2020
  • CSU ARI Deadline – Feb. 26, 2020 – 5 p.m. – Competition closes

If you have any questions, please contact campus point person Karey DeBardeleben at 278.5305 or [email protected]
The College of Social Sciences posted its first podcast with a spotlight on several Fresno State oral history projects . “Oral histories not only inform our views of what happened in the past, but also help create community in the present,” said Dean Michelle DenBeste . Featured faculty included Katherine Fobear ( Women’s Studies ), Romeo Guzman ( History ), Dennis Borges ( MCLL ), Jenny Banh ( Anthropology ) and Leece LeeOliver ( Women’s Studies and American Indian Studies ).

The College of Science and Mathematics launched its new blog earlier this month with news about student/faculty accomplishments and much more. The College also invites visitors to connect on social media ( Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and LinkedIn ) to stay current on everything happening in CSM.
NSF is partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to use SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae as an NSF-approved format for use in preparation of both the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of an NSF proposal. Contact your grant manager for more information.

In science, grit counts as well as talent (The Economist) : “An early-career setback can become a marker for future achievement, which may have broad implications for identifying, training and nurturing junior scientists whose career will have lasting impact.”
Three Hatchery students from the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Melvin Velasquez of Get Served Transportation , Jesus Pimentel with Ready? Let’s Go and Alicia Porras with Humble Hemp Products – presented at the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization annual Global Pitch Competition , held in Tampa, FL. 

The Quantum Foundry research internship program brings science and engineering undergraduate students to the UC Santa Barbara campus for an 8-week summer research experience. Undergraduate interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation via a dynamic, collaborative research environment. Apply by Feb. 11, 2020.

Congratulations to sophomore Vladimir Saldana and graduate student Aldo Garcia who placed first and second in the national Irrigation Show and Conference research poster contest and were among 13 students that attended with Fresno State CIT staff and faculty.
Please don't hesitate to contact the grants administrator for your college/unit as you explore potential funding opportunities. Also, be sure to share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Include  NEWSLETTER  in the subject line and send details to  [email protected]

This newsletter is compiled and published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Part of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies , RSP helps faculty and staff apply for and secure external grant funds.

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